WVU Cruises to 10-3 Win Over Marshall

In what could have easily been a trap game with a crucial Big 12 series against Kansas State on the horizon, West Virginia left Hawley Field with a 10-3 win against Marshall Wednesday night.

"To avoid these trap games, you've got to let them know it's a trap game," said West Virginia head coach Randy Mazey after the game. "We talked about it after the game last night and we showed up with really good energy. We were definitely ready to play tonight."

The Mountaineers got a quality start from Corey Walter, who was starting his second game on the mound of the season after being moved to the bullpen. In his first win since May 25, Walter threw seven innings, allowing three runs, while striking out four Marshall hitters.

Much like Ross Vance, who has emerged since getting his first start of the season a couple of weeks ago against Ohio State, Walter said getting the opportunity to have the ball in the first inning made him feel much more comfortable.

"I've been working hard trying to get my command back because I wasn't doing a very good job of that in the early part of the season," Walter said. "I like the starting role, and hopefully I continue to get starts."

It helped that Walter had run support to get him even more comfortable at the beginning of the game.

West Virginia was the first to get on the board, striking for a run in the bottom of the first inning on a Ryan McBroom RBI single that plated Bobby Boyd, before picking up three more runs in the second inning on a bases loaded walk, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly by McBroom.

The Mountaineers extended their lead to 5-0 with two outs in the third inning when Michael Constantini reached base on an error that brought in Cameron O'Brien.

"We took an early lead, and it's easier to go out there and pitch when you know you can mess up a little bit," Walter said. "It makes it a lot easier to go out there and pitch (when they score runs)."

Marshall would make its attempt to get back into the game the next inning, stringing together a few hits and getting three runs across the plate on Walter.

Eric Escobedo's two-run single highlighted the three run rally the Herd was able to put together with two outs in the inning.

Constantini helped WVU get those three runs back when he brought in two runs on a double down the left field line and then scored on the next pitch when he stole third and then advanced to home on an overthrow by the Marshall catcher. Brad Johnson closed the scoring for West Virginia, notching a two-RBI single in the eighth inning to make it 10-3, WVU.

The win is the third in a row for West Virginia and is the fifth win in its last six games – a streak that comes after the Mountaineers had lost seven games in a row.

"We kept our heads up, we kept grinding," Mazey said. "Your true colors show up when things go wrong, and we stayed on course. We deserve to have this thing flipped on us right now."

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